Since college, I've seemed to be quite the problem child of my peers. Getting chronic TMJD in the Army, having a mini stroke from taking yaz birth control. Severe cystic/hormonal acne from the Mirena IUD. Just when I thought it couldn't get any wors, I find out last fall I've become severely deficient in Vitamin D. Some people that acquire a Vitamin D deficiency are lucky enough to show no signs, other than those of which are in their blood work. I, on the other hand, started experiencing symptoms before I even knew I was deficient.
First, I started out feeling more tired than usual and then progressed to always being extremely lethargic. Then I started feeling weak. Walking up a couple flights of stairs would exhaust me, and making a couple of trips would have me completely winded. My muscles and bones ached like I'd never experienced before. Household duties were out of the question for a while. I could barely hold my head up because my neck and shoulders had become so weak. It had even taken me over 30 minutes to get dressed for school one day because I had to keep taking breaks inbetween putting on the different pieces clothing and trying to make it from room to room. That was the day I realized something was seriously wrong.
I went to the VA hospital a few days later and they drew my blood for the first time in over a year, which I had always found very strange. It took a month for them to call me with results that I had never considered. I'm now on 50,000 units of Vitamin D per week and have added B6 because I quickly learned the two should be partnered together to prevent loss of energy. Within the first month or so I didn't see or feel much change. My immune system had become compromised and I started having full body spasms and twitching. All of this had me feeling quite low and hopeless. I was becoming afraid that this would forever be my life.
It's been 8 weeks since I started taking the Vitamin D weekly and I'm just now starting to see a small turn around. Unfortunately, around day 5 or 6 I start to revert back to the symptoms I first had. I suppose I should be thankful it's not everyday like before. If this is something you can at all prevent, please try your best to do so. I would never wish this on anyone. If you're currently suffering with this like me, try to keep your spirits up and know it doesnt have to be this bad forever. I'm still praying for a full recovery and am very happy for the progress I've made thus far.